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When: 3/17/2011
7:30 AM
Where: Citrus Club
255 South Orange Ave
Orlando, Florida  32801
United States
Contact: Timmy Rupeiks

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From Concept to Reality--The Future of Video Games  

The video game industry is continuously evolving and increasingly at an ever rapid pace.  We're seeing more companies look to games and interactive media to reach their customers.  

What is being done today in this space that might influence how you do business?  

What will the future of gaming look like?    

Please join us as Daryl Holt, COO of EA Tiburon Studio and VP of Operations for EA SPORTS, shares some insights about where the gaming industry is going and what to expect in the years to come.

Daryl Holt COO of EA-Tiburon Studio VP of Operations EA SPORTS  

As vice president of operations for EA SPORTS and chief operating officer of Electronic Arts – Tiburon, Daryl Holt works in partnership with the various business unit GMs and SPORTS label executives to execute the overall business and operating plans. He drives planning and execution at the Florida and Vancouver studio locations by delivering strategic operating plans; overseeing the long-term talent planning and ongoing resource management processes; improving systems and processes to promote quality execution; managing the operating budget in collaboration with the CFO; leading centralized creative services; directing conceptual development and the green light process for new intellectual property; leading outsourcing and distributed development; and partnering with business unit leaders to ensure timely delivery of high-quality products by all project teams.    

Holt began his tenure at EA Tiburon in 2004 in art production management. In 2005, he established and led the Central Creative group, where he set the strategic vision for centralized concept art, lighting, visual effects, graphic design and user interface departments within the studio. He has worked in development and art management for many of Tiburon’s world-famous game titles such as Madden NFL™ Football, NCAA® Football, Superman Returns, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR™ and NASCAR®. He was also a key architect of EA’s game development framework (GDF) for console-based products and its subsequent revisions for agile development of online services. Holt was named chief operating officer of the EA – Tiburon studio in 2008 and vice president of operations for EA SPORTS in 2010.  

Holt has more than 20 years of successful management experience in a variety of industries and a background in consultancy. He previously served as president/CEO of Ovation Media Group Inc. in Tampa, Fla., by providing contracted creative services to major entertainment and multimedia companies either directly or through a strategic partnership with Paper 2 Pixel Creative Group Inc. Holt has also held a variety of leadership positions with Jibe Inc. in Tampa, Fla.; Mediacentric Group in Clearwater, Fla.; Moon Communications in Clearwater, Fla.; All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.; and, Accenture, in Tampa, Fla. He earned a degree in accounting and management information systems at Stetson University and studied computer animation at the International Academy of Design.  

Currently, Holt serves on the board of directors for Workforce Central Florida and the board of advisors for the College of Arts & Sciences at Stetson University.

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